How To Change Monitor Refresh Rate

What is a refresh rate?

Refresh rate is the number of times per second an image refreshes on the display. This process is denoted in Hz (hertz).

A screen with a higher refresh rate is considered better in the experience. While screens with low refresh rates are used to flicker and that can cause serious eye damages like strain and headaches.

What is a good refresh rate?

Generally, a refresh rate of 60 Hz is considered a good refresh rate for most computing. You will rarely notice anything while moving the mouse cursor on the screen, but that’s very optimal to consider as a bad refresh rate.

Less than 60 Hz of refresh rate is something you need to worry about. If you are a regular gamer, then you will need a refresh rate of 144 Hz to 240 Hz depending on the game’s requirement for a better experience. Or you can simply overclock your monitor to get the higher refresh rates.


Now in this article, we are going to discuss how you can change your monitor’s refresh rate.

How To Change Monitor Refresh Rate In Windows 10

To change the display’s refresh rate in your Windows 10 operated PC follow these steps:

Right-click on the desktop, select “Display Settings

In the newly opened window, scroll down in the right pane and click on “Advanced Display Settings

Click the “Display Adapter Properties” link under the display information your PC

Now in the newly opened properties wizard, click on the “Monitor” tab

Select the required refresh rate from the “Screen Refresh Rate” dropdown list.

Click on “OK” after selecting the refresh rate to continue.

Now you will see the change in no time immediately taking effect.

How To Change Monitor Refresh Rate In MacBook

For the latest version of macOS on MacBook Pro and newer models, you have to follow the few steps stated below:

Pull down the Apple menu

Select the “System Preferences” option

Select the “Displays” option

Inside the “Display” tab, hold the option key and select the “Scaled” button. This will show the Refresh rate options for Mac devices

Select the required refresh rate from the dropdown menu

All the changes made will be applied immediately after selection.

Note: The refresh rate you select will always depend on the monitor display, graphics settings, graphics adapter, and resolution of the display you are using.

If You Are Unable To Find a Refresh Rate That Your Monitor Supports

Windows should always show all the refresh rate options automatically that your monitor supports. But if in case you don’t see a monitor refresh rate that you know that your monitor supports with windows, then you may need to do some troubleshooting with your PC.

You may need to update the graphics drivers in your PC to enable higher refresh rates. Or if it is a more hardware problem than a software issue, then you might need to change the display cable you are using currently with a faster cable that has enough data for a high-resolution display at a high refresh rate.

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